Category: #DataNetSciK20

NetSci High Goes to CompleNet

April 1st, 2015 in #DataNetSciK20, Multimedia, News

With a supplemental award from NSF all our NetSci High students and teachers participated in the 6th International Workshop on Complex Networks. The NetSci High students presented their posters at CompleNet and discussed their work with attendees, and attended the entire conference and networked with some of the top researchers in the Network Science field, including some of the founders of the field such as Reka Albert and Mark Newman.

At CompleNet, NYSCI is hosting “Big Data Fest”, a public science event.

The term “Big Data” is frequently used to describe everything from how social media are used to gather information about consumers, to how data affect political, environmental and economic decision-making, to data that address security and health concerns. Yet although we might know that Big Data affects our daily lives, its exact nature – what Big Data is, and how it works – remains a mystery to most of us.

Big Data Fest pulls back the curtain on Big Data – revealing what it is, how it can help you know more about your world and how it helps the world know more about you. You will get to tinker with Big Data and interact with the researchers who work with it, find out how data and information have been used throughout history, and the ways that Big Data help us to better understand ourselves and how we fit into a global society. Through a wide variety of activities for all ages you will experience first-hand and hands-on how the most important scientific and technological advancements are made through the collecting and mapping of many different kinds of data – from the pictures you take with your phone to the satellites that hover above the Earth.

Big Data Fest is free with admission to the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) and all registered attendees of the International Workshop on Complex Networks (CompleNet 2015), and will include art exhibits, hands-on activities, talks, demonstrations, performances and workshops happening throughout NYSCI.


  • MIT Macro Connections: Bringing data to life at MIT Media Lab
  • Rutgers University COOL Lab: real-time ocean data
  • Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory: human interactions in the environment
  • Sloan Digital Sky Survey: 3-D maps of the universe
  • NYU ITP: communications tech and the arts
  • Network Science for the Next Generation: data research with high schools
  • Beacon Institute: Hudson River real-time data
  • CoCensus Interactive: Queens Data Laboratory
  • MindRider: Citibike and the many moods of cycling culture in NYC
  • Welikia: Historical and contemporary NYC ecosystems data
  • NYSCI Noticing Apps: surprising things you can learn from your own data
  • Friends in Space: connect with astronauts and make friends around the world
  • SourceMap: Where does everything come from and how does it get to you?
  • MakerSpace: Build your own sensors and map your own data streams
  • Humanexus: How data have been with us all along

For more information, visit: Big Data Fest @ CompleNet 2015

NetSci High Student Video Retrospective of CompleNet:


Network Literacy: Essential Concepts and Core Ideas

March 12th, 2015 in #DataNetSciK20, Publications

"Network Literacy: Essential Concepts and Core Ideas" is now available.


Cambridge Science Festival Workshops April 22nd

January 20th, 2015 in #DataNetSciK20, Events

When: April 22, 2015

Where: Boston University (School of Education Room 130, 2 Silber Way)

Time: 2 pm - 4 pm (note new times)

Free registration at: Cambridge Science Festival Registration Page

The field of network science aims to solve some of the most complex problems facing our society today. In this series of discussions and workshops for teens, families, educators, learn to see the world around you in a whole new way… through the lens of networks! Networks are embedded in our society, biology, chemistry, technology infrastructures, and so much more. Networks are at the interface of science and art. The workshops are progressive in nature or can stand alone. Sign up for as many sessions as you wish.

The workshop will cover the following:

Network Science Overview

Discover the many ways in which network science is changing the ways we explore our and make meaning of our interconnected world. Learn about the role of networks in the spread of disease, the crash of stock markets, the toppling of dictators, and more.

Network Science & Visualizations

Explore some of the principles of design in computational visualization of data and networks and survey a wide range of data visualizations

Student Research

Learn about research a high school student team has done on biological networks.

Organizations and Networks

Many successful organizations accomplish their goals by creating a board of directors, or a small group of people who can support, advise and inspire them. Create your on board of directors and use concepts of network science to consider how best to grow your organization.

For any questions, please contact Paul Trunfio at

NetSci High: Bringing Network Science Research to High Schools

December 4th, 2014 in #DataNetSciK20, Publications

A paper describing the success of the project NetSci High is now published as part of the proceedings for the 6th Workshop on Complex Networks (CompleNet).

Authors: Catherine Cramer, Lori Sheetz, Hiroki Sayama, Paul Trunfio, H. Eugene Stanley, Stephen Uzzo

We present NetSci High, our NSF-funded educational outreach program that connects high school students who are underrepresented in STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics), and their teachers, with regional university research labs and provides them with the opportunity to work with researchers and graduate students on team-based, year-long network science research projects, culminating in a formal presentation at a network science conference. This short paper reports the content and materials that we have developed to date, including lesson plans and tools for introducing high school students and teachers to network science; empirical evaluation data on the effect of participation on students' motivation and interest in pursuing STEM careers; the application of professional development materials for teachers that are intended to encourage them to use network science concepts in their lesson plans and curriculum; promoting district-level interest and engagement; best practices gained from our experiences; and the future goals for this project and its subsequent outgrowth.

NetSci High: Bringing Network Science Research to High Schools

NetSci High Featured on Stelar

August 26th, 2014 in #DataNetSciK20, News

This summer, twenty four students had an opportunity to meet Dr. Alex “Sandy” Pentland from MIT’s Media Lab, Dr. Gene Stanley from Boston University’s Center for Polymer Studies, and other researchers to learn about current applications in network science. The goal of ITEST’s Network Science for the Next Generation - known as “NetSci High” - is to immerse high school students and teachers in the burgeoning field of network science through a yearlong research experience. Each year, NetSci High begins with an intensive 10-day summer workshop where students and teachers are introduced to network science concepts, learn programming skills in Python, and practice creating basic network models using visualization software. At the end of this summer’s workshop, eleven student teams who had just completed their year-long NetSci High research projects during the previous school year took the floor to present their work. The projects represented the interdisciplinary nature of network science and its ability to draw students of all interests into STEM fields. Titles of their research topics included:

  • A Network Analysis of Foreign Aid Based on Bias of Political Ideologies
  • Comparing Two Human Disease Networks: Gene-Based and Symptom-Based Perspectives
  • Influence at the 1787 Constitutional Convention
  • Quantifying Similarity of Benign and Oncogenic Viral Proteins Using Amino Acid Sequence
  • Quantification of Character and Plot in Contemporary Fiction
  • RedNet: A Different Perspective of Reddit
  • Tracking Tweets for the Superbowl

During the upcoming 2014/15 academic year, research lab faculty and graduate student mentors will guide the new student teams through the research process. They will participate in data collection, data processing, network modeling, and analysis, using freely available computer tools. The teams will further explore how to visualize different types of networks, calculate network statistics, and describe network processes, and will then analyze the data to find answers to their specific research questions. Students will also visit the New York Hall of Science, the Network Science Center at the United States Military Academy West Point, and Stevens Institute of Technology in order to broaden their exposure to current network science research.

NetSci High has opened doors for me that would not be open without the program. I have continued to work with computer science as well as network science. I am currently working with [grad student] to map out the recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Thank you once again and I hope to hear from you soon. - J.I., member of 2013/14 New York metro area team.

We are proud that the NetSci High project has garnered scholarships for student participants, fostered student-authored publications in peer-reviewed journals, and supported student teams in presenting research posters at the International NetSci conferences in Budapest, Hungary; Chicago, Illinois; and Berkeley, California. As the NetSci High organizers, we look forward to increasing network science literacy through continued student research opportunities, broader teacher training, and publishing a Network Science Workshop Training Manual for other groups to use.

This is a reprint of an article appearing on the: STEM Learning and Research Center.

NetSci High 2014 Slideshow

July 26th, 2014 in #DataNetSciK20, Multimedia

NetSci High 2014 Trailer

July 26th, 2014 in #DataNetSciK20, Multimedia

NetSciEd3 Berkeley

June 3rd, 2014 in #DataNetSciK20, News

NetSciEd3 was held June 2, 2014 at the NetSci International Conference at University California Berkeley. The satellite workshop focussed on network science teaching and learning at all levels of formal and informal education, as well as how network science helps inform and understand learning processes and organizations.

The morning included presentations, posters, and a hands-on working roundtable in which we collaboratively attempted to map NetSci concepts to formal curriculum frameworks.

Topics included:

  • Teaching Teachers Network Science Concepts
  • Network Science in K-16 Practice and Policy
  • Network Science in Informal Education
  • Tools for Teaching Network Science
  • New Directions in Learning Science
  • Developing Metrics for Effective Educational Collaboration Networks

Visit: NetSciEd3

NetSci High 2013 Retrospective

November 1st, 2013 in #DataNetSciK20, Multimedia

Changing the world one network at a time

October 16th, 2013 in #DataNetSciK20, Publications

We all know networks facilitate human communication, deepen insight into the human condition, and solve myriad problems in business and society on timescales of seconds. But increasingly, the same ideas about how these connections are made are being leveraged against the most complex and pernicious problems of our time.

The science of complex networks, also known as "Network Science," seeks patterns in a variety of data and leverages them against large-scale knowledge management and discovery. It is used in business, medicine, policymaking, and virtually all complex science disciplines today. Network Science helps us understand everything from the structure of the human mind, to the origins of cancer, to the growth of cities, to our impact on the environment.

In collaboration with Cisco CSR, The New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) and colleagues at Binghamton University, Boston University and the Network Science Center at West Point are working to expand a program to bring powerful, but hitherto elite network science ideas into the lives of high school teachers and students for preparing the next generation of scientists and policymakers to solve humanity's greatest challenges.

Affectionately known as "NetSci High," the program started as a small research competition back in 2011 with only 13 students and teachers, but has grown to over 80, It's a rigorous program in which we train teams of students to learn data gathering, computer programming, modeling and analysis using a variety of computer-based tools along with the theory and techniques that help them do original research in network science. An important aspect of the program is to train high school teachers in both network science and research mentorship skills, so they can help students identify research pathways and solve problems throughout the experience.

The student teams work in collaboration with university research labs and graduate student mentors in completing the research. High school student and teacher teams have done research in protein interaction networks, intercellular communication networks, social networks, and technological networks at places like Harvard, Columbia, City University of New York, SUNY Binghamton, and Boston University. They have presented internationally at some of the most important scientific conferences on complexity and network science, to policymakers and published in the peer review journal PLoS One. Initial results of the program indicate that:

  • Network science is teachable to diverse groups of high school students and is a compelling way into understanding complex data-driven sciences that motivates and empowers students to solve real-world, complex problems,

  • Network science motivates students to learn computer programming through purposeful research projects, even students who did not think of themselves as computer programmers, and

  • Network science represents a way to increase interest in science, technology, engineering and math among underrepresented populations (minorities, females, and first generation immigrants).

In 2012, NetSci High inaugurated a relationship with the Cisco Networking Academies in New York City and chose Chelsea Career and Technical Education High School to participate in the program. We recruited a team of Networking Academy students to train and work with scientists on a yearlong complex network research project with Stevens Institute's Howe School of Technology Management.

Their project will trace the evolution and movement of rumors on Twitter. The percolation of rumors in social networks of all kinds is of huge importance to society and having access to millions of Twitter feeds, their interconnections and changing content, has implications for everything from national security to marketing to education.

This will culminate in students presenting the results of their research at conferences to some of the most important network scientists next year. The Chelsea students have participated in a rigorous summer workshop at Boston University where they learned programming, modeled and analyzed networks, and brainstormed about research projects with Stevens Institute researchers. The fundamentals they learn in the Cisco Networking Academy give them an advantage in reasoning skills, handling command line programming and building and analyzing network models. NYSCI and Cisco are partnering to expand this relationship to other Networking Academy teachers and students. With the help of the Cisco Networking Academies, Cisco is helping NetSci High expand its impact through Cisco's educational ecosystem.

The initial success and enthusiasm of Chelsea experience is not only helping to bring scalability to NetSci High, but is bringing together interdisciplinary teams of teachers in a workshop hosted by NYSCI to brainstorm about ways that putting a network science lens on existing high school curricula can help revolutionize instruction through 21st century STEM skills.

By building on the success of the Cisco Networking Academies, and leveraging emerging platforms for instruction, collaboration and video conferencing, NYSCI and Cisco hope to bring the power of network science to expanding groups of high school students and teachers and eventually lifelong learners throughout the country and the world, helping to facilitate a revolution in both learning and science.

This is a reprint of article on Huffington Post by Steve Uzzo: Changing the World One Network at a Time